You need an agent that is quicker on their feet because homes are being snatched up rather quickly
and time is of the essence when previewing homes and putting in offers.
A lot of buyers like to search for homes online but the agent should also conduct their own searches
for the buyer because the buyer may not have access to all the listings that the Realtor does.
A lot of us use email because of the convenience. But it should only take up to a couple hours (if even that long) to write up an offer.
Have a conversation with your agent to discuss your concerns. If nothing changes, there are plenty of other agents that would work hard for your business!
Licensed Realtor in Ga and NJ
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metrobrokers
You should allow your agent to search for homes for you. Many of the homes you find on consumer based websites are old listings.
You either have to put your trust in your agent or decide if you want to search on your own, you should not do both.
That being said. Phone calls emails, and text messages should be answered. With so many ways to communicate there is no reason for you to feel ignored.
I work very hard for my buyers and I a little frustrated when buyers start sending me info to check on.
It really boils down to trust and mutual respect for each others time.
Best of Luck to You!
Kawain Payne, REaltor
I would have a sit down with him and outline your expectations....such as you expect him to find homes for you and not wait until you provide him a list for him to check out and you expect timely offers to be made in your behalf.
The Time to check status will be dependent on the time it takes the listing agent to get back to him...if it is late in the day then expect the next day as a general rule... I personally will call the seller if I am unable to reach the agent within a few hours....
Generating comparables should take no more time than getting on the MLS database and inputing the data then reviewing it and making judgements as to comparable value, generally an hour unless it is a complex purchase with no true comparables then it may take a few hours going through the tax database for the county.
Getting an offer on paper, your signature and sending to list agent same day if I have multiple appointments or within a couple of hours if I only have to meet with you....again unless it is a complex purchase.
Even with that said homes do go under contract fast and have multiple offers...so an offer submitted may be under contract without our knowledge before we send it and we may not find out for a day or two especially if we are talking a weekend offer...
Chuck Green, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
You need an agent that is responsive in this market. Homes are being put under contract very quickly in most areas. I'd be happy to set you up with my preferred agent who is hungry and gets back to you very quickly. I know this because he responds to me very quickly. Give me a call and I'll pass along his contact information. Also, I'd love to assist with your financing needs. Talk Soon - 678-644-9912.
Sometimes the houses we see on the MLS are out of date, info changed, or just plain SOLD.
The difference is; we, (speaking for a lot of Realtors out there), will call the Listing Realtor and get the latest, including showing info. We will them pre-view the good ones and get familiar with how to get there; so we don't waste your time and ours searching for them. When I pre-view a list of homes; I can generally eliminate half of them from the "short list".
I encourage Clients to search too; it's educational, informative and entertaining too. And sometimes they will find something that I missed, (yes, most of my confederates are human too!)
7-10 days in totally unacceptable, in so many ways.
We love e-mail because of the convenience, time and gas savings; but it must be used properly.
Today buyers "LOVE" to search the internet online sources for homes. It is like a hobby for some and they are good at it too. I have several out of town buyers I am working with right now. Each morning I start by reading my email. Often, like today, I got one with 7 listing mls numbers in it they want to see Saturday when they come over. We have looked at homes for the past two weeks on Saturday. 2 of the homes we have seen before and the others they decided are worth a look. I got that at 8:30am today and by 11am I had already contacted the listing agents and made arrangements to go see them and when. 7 days is a joke. 2 days is too long. Is your agent in jail, drunk, out of the country, or a part time agent working another job?
Dump them and move on to a real agent that contacts you ASAP. Buyers often find there own listings to look at, but 7-10 days to reply is ridiculous. Say BYE BYE.
From the information you have provided, your dissappointment is fully reasonable and understandable.
In Atlanta, just as in Tampa Bay, the real estate market has shifted to a sellers market. This means fewer home avaiable for more buyers. Rapid response is ESSENTIAL! Rapid response is not esential if you are looking only at foreclosures and shorties and intend to submit non-competitive offers. Chat with your agent about this.
A meet up with your agent is past due. Share your expectations. You may find your agent would advise finding another agent. But, until you have that chat, you can't know what is going on with the agent, why the response is as it is, and what would be the very best next step for you.
It has been my experience that buyers do not fully hear what their agent is advising until they have exhausted their alternative ideas. Until those HGTV ideas are proven to be ficticious. Until those other real estate reality shows are shaken from the buyers brain. Sometimes, an agent realizes, the buyer has to 'burn a few good homes' before the buyer will respond to the right approach to buying a home in this market. Of course NONE of this applies to you, but for many buyers it does.
Without a conversation with your agent, it will be hard to know what is happening. After all, your question presents only one side of a mulitpary collaboration.. Have a chat. Maybe your agent will recommend another agent who has more avaialability if that proves to be the issue.